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The Rushden Echo, 14th November, 1913, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

The Health of The Town
The Isolation Hospital Question
Houses to be Closed
Resident Registrar of Marriages Wanted

Wednesday, present Councillors C. Bates, J.P., (chairman), J. S. Clipson (vice-chairman), W. Bazeley, John Spencer, L. Perkins, B.Sc., T. Swindall, F. Knight, J.P., John Claridge, J.P., C.C., T. Wilmott, J. Hyde, Ven. A. Kitchin and G. H. Skinner, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).

Recreation Ground

On the reading of the minutes of the last meeting, Mr. Bazeley said that the members of the Council were asked to visit the Recreation Ground with a view to fixing the site. There was no mention of this on the minutes. Only seven out of the 12 members of the Council were present, and there was a difference of opinion, four voting for the present line of fence, and three (Mr. Bates, Mr. Wilmott, and himself) against. The minority favoured the old line being stopped altogether and quite a new line being adopted – a much better line. There was a decayed hedge, all broken and zig-zag, and it would have been much better taken down altogether. While he was willing for a majority to decide, he thought the people should know that the decision was not a unanimous one. He moved that this item be added to the minutes.

Mr. Spencer seconded and it was carried.

The seal was affixed to the rules and regulations of the Recreation Ground.

Plans, etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 29th Oct., 1913, when there were present :- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, J. Hyde, F. Knight, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. E. J. Craker for corrugated iron shed in garden at the rear of No. 144, Cromwell-road, and no exception taken.

Messrs. Nurrish and Pallett for motor house (corrugated iron building) near their factory on Shirley park, and passed.

The Co-operative Wholesale Society, Ltd., for a mechanics’ shop adjoining the engine-room at their factory in Portland-road, and passed.

Messrs. H. E. Wilmott and Co. for engine house (corrugated iron building) to their factory now in course of erection in Portland-road, and rejected as not complying with the bye-laws.

National Fire Brigade Union

An application was received from the North-Eastern district of the National Fire Brigade Union for the loan of the fire escape in June next, on the occasion of the annual competitions at Castle Ashby, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.

Rectory-Road

The Surveyor reported that the Committee had met the manager of the Northants Union Bank with reference to the footpath opposite Messrs. Claridge’s factory in Rectory-road. Mr. Heygate, on behalf of the Bank, agreed to give up a strip of land at that point in order that the footpath might be set back about 2 ft. 6 ins., on the understanding that the Council take down and re-erect the fence at present there.

The Committee agreed to recommend the Council to accept the offer on the terms stated.

Washbrook-Road

The Surveyor also reported that the committee had decided to recommend that the carriage way from Spencer-road to the west boundary of the Recreation Ground be widened from three to four feet and that a footpath be constructed on the north side of the road about nine feet wide.

The Committee approved and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.

Mr. C. E. Young

The Surveyor further reported that the Bungalow on the Court Estate, the property of Mr. C. E. Young, in respect of which no certificate of completion had been given, was now unoccupied.

Ordnance Maps

The Surveyor was authorised to purchase an ordnance map of Rushden on the enlarged scale.

Scavenging Trucks

The Surveyor was instructed to obtain prices of hand trucks for the use of street scavengers and submit to the next meeting.

Irchester-Road

A letter was received from Mr. Charles Clark complaining of the bad state of the dyke in front of his house on the Irchester-road, and asking the Council to take steps to remedy same.

The Committee were unable to recommend the Council to accept any liability.

The report was adopted.

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 4th Nov., 1913, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), J. Claridge, F. Knight, T. Swindall, and Ven. A. Kitchin.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-


£

s

d

Week ending 2nd Oct., 1913

43

17

11½

Week ending 9th Oct., 1913

40

19

 9

Week ending 16th Oct., 1913

40

18

 6½

Week ending 23rd Oct., 1913

42

 5

 5

Week ending 30th Oct., 1913

42

 0

 2

Week ending 30th Oct., 1913…… 42 0 2

Collector’s Accounts

The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

General District Rate

45

4

10

Fittings

30

5

11

Green Tolls

1

3

0

Burial fees, etc.

5

1

0

Total

81

14

9

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

Collector, District rate

45

4

10

Collector, Fittings

30

5

11

Collector, Burial fees

5

1

0

Collector, Green tolls

1

3

0

C. E. Young, Fine and costs

5

3

0

Water Board, re Loans

483

5

11

Free Library, Fees, fines, etc.

 

11

8

Football Clubs, Rent of pitches

1

0

0

Surveyor, Trade refuse

 

3

3

County Council, Tarring

66

16

0

Total

683

14

7

Total 683 14 7

And that the following balances were in hand:-

 

£

s

d

General Account

534

11

10

Loan Account No. 16

190

12

0

Loan Account No. 19

387

17

6

Loan Account No. 23

 

19

11

Loan Account No. 24

7490

2

3

Loan Account No. 25

750

15

10

Loan Account No. 26 o/d

143

12

3

Loan Account No. 27 o/d

13

0

6

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts, amounting to £1330/8/5, were examined and passed for payment.

The report was adopted.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 5th November, 1913, when there were present :- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that three cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., two of scarlet fever and one of tuberculosis, the latter a re-notification. An epidemic of measles prevailed in the town and the infant departments of the North End, Newton-road, Alfred-street and Church of England Schools had been closed.

The Officer also reported that he had chemically examined a sample of water from a well in Oak-street and found same unfit for domestic purposes. The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to see the owner of the cottages using the water with a view to the well being closed and town water laid on.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month 49 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were receiving attention.

Acting on the advice of the Medical Officer a quantity of bedding had been destroyed after a death from consumption. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1.

The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.

Nos. 5 and 6, Milton-Place

The Inspector also reported that the demolition orders served in respect of this property had now been complied with. The owner, however, desired to convert a part of the cottages into sculleries for Nos. 3 and 4, Milton-place.

The Committee agreed to recommend the Council to take no exception to this.

Petroleum Acts

An application was received from Mr. Charles Chamberlain, of No. 78, Wellingborough-road, to increase the amount of petrol licensed to be stored on his premises to 75 gallons, and acceded to.

Milkshops, etc. Order

Applications had been received from Mr. H. W. Wooding of No. 19, Fitzwilliam-street and Mr. E. R. Dartnell, of the Nelson Dairy, Irchester, to be registered as purveyors of milk. Their names had been placed on the register.

Isolation Hospital

A letter was received from the Clerk to the County Council with a copy letter, addressed to that Council by the Local Government Board and copy correspondence that had passed between this Council and the Board with reference to the provision of Isolation Hospital accommodation for this Urban District. The Board suggested that the County Council should summon a Conference of the local Authorities in the District with a view if possible of agreeing on a joint scheme, but before summoning such a conference the County Council requested the observations of this Council on the subject.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to reply that they would appoint representatives to attend such a Conference if convened but having regard to the opinion expressed at the previous Conference they were extremely doubtful of any satisfactory result and to suggest that the County Medical Officer should in the first instance meet the Medical Officers of the various districts concerned and discuss the whole question with them.

Housing, etc. Acts

It was resolved to give notice to the owners of Nos. 14 and 16, Duck-street, of the intention of the Committee to take into consideration the demolition of these houses at their next meeting on the 3rd December.

The report was adopted.

The Seal

of the Council was affixed to the conveyance of a piece of land for the house for the manager of the sewage disposal works at £51.

Rate Collector

Mr. John Sargent, rate collector, wrote resigning his office from March 31st next.

The Chairman moved that the resignation be accepted, which was carried.

The question of considering the duties of a successor was left to the Finance Committee.

Registrar of Marriages

Mr. Spencer gave notice that at the next meeting he would move that application be made to the Registrar General for the appointment of a resident registrar of marriages at Rushden.

Mr. Claridge : Is there any difficulty, then?

Mr. Spencer : Nonconformists have a difficulty, but church-people have special privileges.



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